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Efrosini Protopapa


  • 012 Michaelis, Froebel


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Personal profile


I am a London-based choreographer and scholar interested in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance. My most recent work focuses on notions of negotiation, thinking and encounter in/as performance.

Having presented choreographic work across the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Greece, I have also collaborated with artists such as Siobhan Davies, Ivana Müller, Tino Sehgal, Frank Bock, Carol Brown and Gill Clarke. I was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award (2008), and I have been Artist in Residence at Dance4 (2008-09) and a participating artist in the Sadler's Wells Summer University (2011-14).

My practice-led PhD from Roehampton proposed the notion of 'possibilising dance' through the re-imagining of the theatre stage as a space for thinking in choreography. Prior to joining Roehampton as a Senior Lecturer in 2013, I taught at Laban, the Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Surrey, Goldsmiths and Coventry University, as well as internationally. I publish in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals.

Lately I have been working with a number of international artists and scholars, in the context of a choreographic project provisionally entitled 'the friend at work', and towards a book publication on contemporary European practices of dramaturgy.


BA Dance Studies, State School of Dance, Athens

BA(Hons) Theatre Studies, School of Philosophy, Athens

MA(Dist) Dance Studies, Laban, London

PhD, Roehampton University, London

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the following areas and welcome proposals for PhD projects that relate to:

  • experimental practices in dance, theatre and performance
  • contemporary European choreography and dramaturgy
  • collectivity, collaboration and artistic modes of production
  • dance, performance, choreography and philosophy
  • thinking, negotiation, labor and encounter in performance
  • conceptual art, Fluxus, Judson Dance Theatre and the 1960s/70s
  • visual arts and dance, curatorial practices, choreography for the museum
  • improvisation, scores and game-structures
  • practice-as-research methodologies

Professional affiliations

2012-present Board of Directors, Performance Studies international.

2012-present Advisory Board, Indpendent Dance.

2009-present Board of Trustees and Advisors, Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund.

2009-present Executive Committee, Society for Dance Research.

Consultancy work

2012-present External Examiner, MA Performing Arts, University of Northampton.

I also work as a dramaturg, advisor or mentor for artists internationally.

Research Output

The catalytic function of dramaturgy: working on actions in choreographic processes

Protopapa, E., Georgelou, K. & Theodoridou, D., 2018, Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader. Butterworth, J. & Wildschut, LI. (eds.). 2nd ed. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, p. 201-214

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A Brief Flight with Dramaturgical Thrusters: A Performance of Dramaturgy at Work

Conibere, N. & Protopapa, E. (ed.), Dec 2016, The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance. Georgelou, K., Protopapa, E. & Theodoridou, D. (eds.). Valiz, p. 159-167 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Contemporary choreographic practice: from exhaustion to possibilising

Protopapa, E., 6 May 2016, In : Contemporary Theatre Review. 26, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A Choreographer's Score: Fase, Rosas Danst Rosas, Elena's Aria, Bartok

Protopapa, E., 2015, In : Dance Research Journal. 47, 2, p. 80-84

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer's Score

Protopapa, E., Aug 2015, In : Dance Research Journal. 47, 2, p. 80-84

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Dance Chronicles from Athens: Artistic Practices, Structures & Discourses in a Period of Crisis

Author: Panagiotara, P., 8 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Bayly, S. (Supervisor) & Protopapa, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Possibilising dance: a space for thinking in choreography

Author: Protopapa, E., 2009

Supervisor: Kelleher, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Rudolf Laban in the 21st Century: A Brazilian Perspective

Author: Scialom, M., 18 Dec 2015

Supervisor: Protopapa, E. (Supervisor) & Buckland, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Wanderlust in screendance: the body in landscapes

Author: Salzer, H., 18 Jan 2020

Supervisor: Claid, E. (Supervisor), Protopapa, E. (Supervisor) & Whalley, B. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis